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Newcastle United striker Papisse Cissé has set his sights on the Champions League after firing the club into European contention with 10 goals in his first nine games and wants to follow in the footsteps of another No 9, Alan Shearer.

The Senegal international, who signed from Bundesliga side Freiburg on a on a 5½-year deal in January, has made an instant impact on Tyneside, with fans already comparing him to the club’s record goalscorer.

“I know the No 9 shirt is a huge thing in Newcastle, it’s a monumental honour for me.” Papisse said.

“Alan Shearer has set the bar very high and I must try to follow the path that he’s set. I need to be aware of the past and what the shirt means.

“I’m doing all I can to be worthy. Alan Shearer is the example I have to try and follow.

“I’m not trying to prove I am as good as him — but to live up to what the shirt means.

“The only way I can do that is by scoring goals and playing well and so far it’s gone better than I imagined.”

After weeks of playing down Newcastle’s success in the Premier League, manager Alan Pardew is now focused on European football next season.

The 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday put the club level on points with faltering Tottenham and two points above Chelsea in fifth place.

“Everyone is trying to stay calm. But of course it would be fantastic for this club to be in the Champions League.” Cissé admitted.

“We don’t really want to talk about it as we must take it match by match but of course it’s difficult not to think about it. We are now so close.

“It is within touching distance and yet still there are five games to go, which is a long way.

“Of course I’ve watched the results in other matches. That is only natural. I’m human.

“Chelsea scored in the last minute against Wigan which was a shame for us but there are still five games and 15 points at stake.

“We must keep going and giving everything — but it’s my dream to play in the Champions League.

“We’re in there with several other teams in with a chance of making it. I can’t believe it but we are.”

Source: Telegraph

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